09.05.2012 - UNESCO

Maghreb adaptation of UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education focuses on gender mainstreaming

Cover page of the Maghreb adaptation of UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education - © UNESCO

In partnership with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the GIZ Morocco-German cooperation agency for development and the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC), UNESCO’s Office in Rabat launches the Maghreb adaptation of the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. It is titled: Intégration de l’approche “genre” dans la formation au journalisme des pays du Maghreb.

This new pioneering document focuses on gender mainstreaming in journalism education in Maghreb countries, and contains four modules that argue why and how gender-sensitive media training is essential for these countries to achieve their goals in terms of gender equality. The resource aims to inspire journalism lecturers from the Maghreb to deepen their knowledge of gender issues and to teach journalism taking into account a gender-sensitive perspective. 

This document follows from a consultation meeting about adapting the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education in Maghreb countries, which took place in Rabat, Morocco, from 14 to 16 December 2009. Gender mainstreaming in journalism education was recommended as a main line of action for the adaptation of the UNESCO Curricula to the Maghreb context.

The UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education is a generic model that can be adapted according to each country’s specific needs. It takes into account social, economic, political and cultural contexts of developing countries and emerging democracies, highlighting the connection between democracy and journalism, and it also makes the case for a cross-disciplinary approach within journalism-training organizations.

The UNESCO Office in Rabat works on gender mainstreaming in journalism education in the Maghreb as one of the three fields of action covered by UNESCO’s 2010-2013 Programme to promote gender-sensitive media content. The major objective of this programme is to raise awareness of media professionals, decision makers, managers of training institutions and civil society groups about the representation of women in Maghreb media, and to advance gender equality in Maghreb countries.

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